Brittney Griner Slams Ban On Trans Women in Women’s Sports – ‘I Think It’s a Crime’
Appearing in her first press conference Since her release from a Russian prison, Brittney Griner thinks it’s a ‘crime’ to ban trans women from competing against their biological counterparts.
‘Everyone deserves the right to play,’ Griner added, calling any other viewpoints a ‘threat’ to trans people as they prevent them from truly ‘being who they are.’
Griner said she ‘definitely will’ be speaking up against legislation to amend Title IX as a guarantee to protect women’s sports.
The news conference drew over 100 people, including Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs.
Griner also compared the push to exclude transgender female athletes from sports to historic efforts to exclude black women from competing in women’s sports.
‘They’re using the guise of feminism to sort of push transphobic beliefs,’ she said on Monday’s ‘Dear Schuyler’ podcast. ‘I think a lot of people in that camp sort of carry an implicit bias against trans people but don’t want to; I guess, fully manifest or speak that out. And they try to just play it off as this sort of half-support.’
‘You can’t do that…you can’t sort of break me down as a person into little pieces.’
This week, a prohibition on transgender girls from playing on female sports teams in North Carolina schools cleared the state Senate on Thursday, and the House approved it on April 20. Now the two bills must be reconciled.
‘Everyone deserve the right to play,’ Griner added, calling any other view points as a ‘threat’ to trans athletes, like Lia Thomas, as she claims they prevent them from truly ‘being who they are.’ https://t.co/ertoH6ovAz
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The bill would limit athlete participation and would eventually be sent to Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper, a strong supporter of LGBTQ+ rights.
The GOP now holds veto-proof majorities in both the Senate and House after a former House Democrat switched parties earlier this month. The margins on this week’s floor votes suggest that any Cooper veto could be overridden.
At least 20 other states have imposed similar limits on transgender athletes at the K-12 or collegiate level. Also on Thursday, the U.S. House passed a bill to bar federally supported schools and colleges from allowing any athlete whose biological sex assigned at birth was male from competing on girls’ or women’s sports teams.
Griner also expressed her thoughts about the nearly ten months of a 9-year sentence she spent in a Russian prison for possessing Vape cartridges containing Cannabis Oil.
“I’m no stranger to hard times,” “Just digging deep. You’re going to be faced with adversities in life. This was a pretty big one. I just relied on my hard work to get through it.”
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